Amos Simiyu was the surprise leader at the end of day 2 of the ongoing Kenya Open.
He is sitting at the top with 4 points as he has won all his games. Amos Simiyu is the player who won the tough phase II of the AAG Qualifiers earlier this year.
Some big names continue to find the going tough.
Bryan Andorwa defeated the swashbuckling James Panchol in round 3.
Peter Gilruth who is the highest ranked Kenyan in the event lost to Austin Walela in round 3.
Elvis Likoko, an upcoming youngster, defeated veteran Philip Singe in their round 3 encounter.
Mathias Ssonko v Martin Njoroge
Timothy Mwabu v Mathias Ssonko
In the Ladies section, WFM Sasha Mongeli dropped a vital half point when she was held to a draw by Triza Mwenda. Sasha problems did not end there. She then lost to WCM Joyce Nyaruai in round 4.
The Ladies section has a total of 18 players.
The Junior section has a total of 38 players. Shubh JaideepShah was leading with 3 points at the end of round 3.
Interesting history of the Kenya Open
The history of the Kenya Open started in 1979. Richard Polaczek a young 14-year-old student from the French School won the event with an impressive 7.5/8. The prize fund for this event was KES 10,000 (USD 1,400 as the exchange was KES 7/USD) with young Richard taking home KES 2,900.